The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom is not the same thing as intelligence. It is also true that being spiritual is not the same as being religious. Wisdom directs how we use our knowledge and religion directs how we use our spirituality. Each helps use to define our priorities. Solomon is already “wise” in asking of the Lord the gift of wisdom (1 Kings 3: 7-12) beyond all other possible things! Such a gift gives Solomon, and us, the ability to discern the just from the unjust as well as the desire to act in a manner that is both right and just. As Saint Paul states, “God makes all things work together for the good of those who love him.” (Romans 8: 28) We pray that we may truly be wise and holy:
O God, protector of those who trust in you, without whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy, bestow in abundance your mercy upon us and grant that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may use the good things that pass in such a way as to hold fast even now to those that ever endure.
May the week ahead be filled with many blessings!